PITTSBURGH (AP) Blake Comeau scored 2:24 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots, registering his sixth shutout of the season just hours after the Penguins thought their starting goalie had the mumps.
Fleury, who recorded his 34th NHL shutout, was tested after missing Wednesday’s practice with an illness, but the results came back negative and he was cleared for Thursday’s game.
Sidney Crosby also returned Thursday after missing three games with the mumps, as the Penguins managed three wins and five of a possible six points without their captain. They have won six of nine.
Comeau’s goal was his 11th of the season. He tapped the winner past goalie Calvin Pickard after Evgeni Malkin deflected Rob Scuderi’s shot from the point in front.
Pickard stopped 47 shots for the Avalanche, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.
HURRICANES 4, MAPLE LEAFS 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist, and Eastern Conference-worst Carolina broke a six-game losing streak with a win over previously surging Toronto.
The Hurricanes (9-19-3), who entered with the NHL’s worst record, had scored only one goal in each game of their skid. Their offensive outburst snapped the Maple Leafs’ six-game winning streak.
Chris Terry, Andrej Sekera, and Elias Lindholm also scored for Carolina. Nathan Gerbe and Eric Staal both had two assists. The Hurricanes are 19-7-1 against the Maple Leafs in the last 27 meetings.
Dion Phaneuf scored for Toronto.
Cam Ward had 25 saves for Carolina. Toronto’s Jonathan Bernier stopped 33 shots.
CAPITALS 5, BLUE JACKETS 4, OT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Eric Fehr scored 42 seconds into overtime to lead Washington over Columbus. The Capitals extended their point streak to seven games and snapped the Blue Jackets’ winning streak at seven.
Joel Ward, Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner and Troy Brouwer also scored for the Capitals, 5-0-2 in their last seven games – including a 20-round shootout loss at Florida on Tuesday. Braden Holtby had 22 saves.
Nick Foligno had two goals and an assist, Michael Chaput scored his first NHL goal, and Jack Johnson also tallied for the Blue Jackets, who fell one short of tying the team’s longest winning streak. Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots.
Columbus went past regulation for the fifth straight game and for the sixth time in seven.
PANTHERS 2, FLYERS 1, SO
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Dave Bolland scored the winning goal in the shootout to lead Florida over Philadelphia.
Brandon Pirri also had a goal in the shootout for Florida (14-8-8), which played beyond regulation for the fourth straight game.
The Panthers were coming off Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Washington that set an NHL record by going 20 shootout rounds. Nick Bjugstad scored the winning tally in the shootout of that game but missed against Philadelphia.
This one took six rounds as only Pirri and Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek scored in the three regulation rounds of the shootout. After Bolland beat Steve Mason, Roberto Luongo stopped Sean Couturier to send the Panthers to the win.
Florida improved to 4-4 in shootouts while Philadelphia dropped to 0-5.
Scottie Upshall scored in regulation for Florida. Voracek had Philadelphia’s goal.
DUCKS 2, CANADIENS 1
MONTREAL (AP) – Matt Beleskey scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to lead Anaheim over Montreal in a game the host Canadiens lost top scorer Max Pacioretty to an injury.
Hampus Lindholm also scored for Anaheim and Frederik Andersen made 23 saves for his 18th win.
David Desharnais scored for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 21 shots.
Pacioretty left the game 4 minutes into the third period after taking a late hit into the boards from Anaheim’s Clayton Stoner. Pacioretty spent several seconds on his knees before being helped to the dressing room.
With P.K. Subban just stepping out of the penalty box, Beleskey got the go-ahead score – his team-leading 15th goal – by beating Price at 8:33 of the third period.
KINGS 6, BLUES 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jake Muzzin scored the tiebreaking power-play goal with 11:02 to play, Marian Gaborik had two goals and two assists, and Los Angeles rallied for a victory over St. Louis.
Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter each had a goal and three assists as the defending Stanley Cup champions avenged a loss in St. Louis on Tuesday with just their second win in seven games.
Kopitar matched his career high with four points, and Dwight King scored from the red line with 7:54 left on a bizarre bounce over Martin Brodeur to cap a rough night for the NHL’s career victories leader in his third start for St. Louis.
SHARKS 4, OILERS 3
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Matt Tennyson and Barclay Goodrow scored within 34 seconds of each other midway through the third period to lift San Jose Sharks over Edmonton.
Logan Couture and James Sheppard also scored for the Sharks, who won their season-best fourth straight and eight of nine overall.
Steven Pinizzotto and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a couple of minutes apart in the second period to give the offensively challenged Oilers a 3-2 lead. Boyd Gordon, in his first game since returning from a back injury, also scored.
Edmonton scored three goals for the first time in 10 games but still fell a fifth straight time in San Jose. The Oliers have not won when scoring at least three goals since Nov. 9, a span of 19 games. Edmonton has scored a league low 69 goals.